Morsi, Egypt's first former president to appear in red execution garb

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 Jun 2015

Former president Mohamed Morsi stands trial in Qatar espionage case after a court upheld a death sentence against him last week in the prison break case

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi
Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is seen for the first time wearing a red jumpsuit after he was sentenced to death last week, June 21 2015 (Photo: Bassem El-Zoghby)

Cairo Criminal Court resumes on Sunday the trial of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and ten others for allegedly leaking classified documents to Qatar. 

Morsi has appeared in Sunday's session wearing a red uniform after Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced him to death over a prison break in 2011.

Morsi and five others were sentenced to death on charges of damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder, attempted murder, looting prison weapons depots and releasing prisoners while escaping from the prison outside Cairo during the January 2011 uprising.

In the Qatar espionage case, Morsi is accused of using his post to leak classified documents to Qatar, with the help of secretaries and Muslim Brotherhood figures.

In April, a Cairo court sentenced Morsi to 20 years in jail for inciting violence that led to the death of ten people in clashes outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace on 5 December 2012, the first verdict in one of five trials against him since his ouster in July 2013.

Morsi was elected president in June 2012.

He was removed from power in July 2013 by Egypt's military, with the support of most political forces who opposed his rule, following mass protests against him.

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